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ID question on Mountain Litter 9936000

Fri Dec 12, 2008 00:13

I have a couple of questions about "The mountain litter".

http://www.med-dept.com/litters.php

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I have found one at a local Junk store. It has some writing on it but no dates.

I have a few questions about the piece.

Were they manufactured post war?

Up to what time frame?

There appears to be some sort of "flap" that goes over the head hood. This flap runs perpendicular to the body and would immobilize the head during transport. The flap is retained by the twist posts. Does that mean it is post war. I believe I read that the twist type post (instead of the "lift the dot snaps") was a post war thing.

Any one have any good pictures of their mountain litter.

Many Thanks,

Bill
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Fri Dec 12, 2008 23:59

Hi Bill,

According to the 1947 and 1949 Army-Navy Catalog of Medical Materiel, this litter was indeed produced under the Stock Number of 7-838-600 and the nomenclature of Litter, Poleless, Semirigid. To the best of knowledge, post-war produced examples are identical in construction to those made during WW2, but can be distinguished by their markings. The later models (post-1947) have the new Medical Department insignia (a Caduceus flanked with the letters "U" and "S").

When I was putting the Litters Article together, my good friend Roger Dean (docdean64 here on the Forum) kindly forwarded me some photographs of his Litter, Semirigid, and here they are. As you can see, this particular example also has the twist-type post fixtures. I know that a lot of reproduction vehicle canvases utilise this type of fixture, but whether or not they were indeed used for this application during WW2, I am unsure.

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I hope this will help Bill, and good luck with your purchase!
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Sun Dec 14, 2008 17:13

Ben,

Thank you very much for the information provided. It was exactly what I was looking for.

From your input it is post war as it has the plain Caduceus with the U S on either side.

The only difference I see from Rogers is that there appears to be a second hood beneath the one attached with the twist posts. It is of a much lighter material (almost the same as an M-41 jacket).

Since it is close enough to WWII I will go back and purchase it for my WC-54.

Again Many Thanks for your time.

Bill
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Sun Dec 14, 2008 20:39

Bill,
I'm glad that the information I was able to offer was of some use. I am intrigued by this item, since the colour sounds as though the litter is constructed from OD # 3 fabric. I'd certainly like to see some illustrations of the item once you have returned to the store and picked it up!
Thank you, and nice find.
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Sun Dec 14, 2008 20:59

Ben,

Let me clear up my previous reply.

I am doing this from memory so I could be wrong on this.

The litter is identical to Roger's (except for splotches of cream colored paint that were slobbered on it). It is made out of the heavy canvas material and has the same type twist posts on the head restraint. I do believe that it had a second head restraint directly sewn to the litter itself, which is under the removable head restraint. It was made out of a much softer material than the normal canvas (much like my M-41 Jacket but not herringbone twill) and as I remember it had a draw string sewn through the front edge. It was much like a hood on a civilian sweatshirt that could be drawn around the face to keep out the cold.

This litter is a fair shape. There is a substantial amount of rust on the head size ring where it may of sat in water. Some of the canvas is worn to fraying where it has rubbed against something and of course the paint slobber. It has a tag paper tag on it that states it was assigned to the Concord NH Armory.

The price was a little steep for condition but I will submit an offer now that I know it is almost period correct.

I will post pictures if I purchase it.

Bill
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Sun Dec 14, 2008 21:37

Thanks for the clarification Bill.
I know that these little gems are certainly rarer than the other variants of litter used by the Army, and Roger's is the only example that I have seen currently in existence. If you're successful with your bid at the local store, then I would certainly like to see some photographs of the assembly.
Thanks, and good luck!
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Sun Mar 15, 2009 04:59

I finally got around to taking pictures of my litter. It will go in the WC-54.

Bill
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